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I want to get my real estate license asap. Would you rather recommend an online course or attending a school ? Appreciate your Feedback !

Asked by Alex, 10005 Wed May 30, 2012

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Are you already an agent though? Your profile suggests that you are involved in the industry? Either way, I guess - to everyone their own.

My personal experience (I attended school for my salesperson license, but took online courses for both my broker license and for the continuing ed classes) is that online courses provide the same amount of information (minus, granted, some occasional relatively useful quips from your instructor - if you happen to find one that's still enthusiastic about the matter they teach, and fully awake and alert at the time of you taking their class!) that you can study, assess, study in further detail (this is as simple as opening another browser and doing your own in-depth research WHENEVER you feel like it - which oftentimes in a classroom setting is prohibitive due to the nature of the material, and the instructor's presence), repeat, qualify, disqualify, or simply shut down and stop when you've had enough, and restart whenever you're in the mood for more.

In your years of study of real estate, very rarely will you in fact be part of a truly interactive in-school class. More often you'll be sitting through classes, late at night, after work or school, half-asleep yourself, and surrounded by other half-asleep hopefuls - plus quite often that ONE super enthusiastic person who is thoroughly high on caffeine (understandably so, as it takes lots of coffee to stay awake late in the day?) and feels like asking a TRILLION unrelated questions that nobody, including your instructor, really cares about...

But I digress. I do agree with some comments here - classes are what you make of them. For me, online courses work, in-person classes don't. It really depends on who you are as a student.
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You're welcome! My pleasure....
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Great comments ! Thanks.
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I say attend a school, a lot of well experienced teachers that will give great advice and tips on your road as a agent, not only that you get to meet new friends as well great networking. Let me know i will get you your real estate licenses for free of charge looking for extra agents as well.

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Live and in person, will yeild a better grasp of the industry. As well as possibly meeting your new Broker.
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Go to the actual classroom, studies show hands on live education results in a higher pass rate then online education.
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Full disclosure: I help teach the licensing class for my local board, thus I am biased. :)

The benefit to taking a classroom course is the ability to interact with both the instructors and the students with whom you will likely be working with on some level when you are up and running as an agent.

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I personally like this school (which also has on-line courses). It costs lower than NYU course, etc and also you can take classes in any order, as long as you take a required number of hours. I've recommended it to a number of people and they all were happy with the results.…
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I have hired hundreds of agents, many newly or to be licensed. The question is impossible to answer the question for you. I have had people take the on-line course and breeze through it. I've had others sign up for the on-line course and not been able to complete it, having to then pay for the in class course. I've had people take the course, not been able to regularly attend and take it over and over again without finishing. Some people react well to one teacher and fail the course with an other.
It has everyting to do with your learning style, apptitude, attention span

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Oh, also - forgot to mention - there are quite a few great schools that offer excellent programs here in Brooklyn. Let me know if you need the list... I could also share some great insight into every particular school's course... (for your comparison shopping purposes).

Take care, and good luck with whatever option you choose... Getting licensed to open a new chapter in this industry is an exciting time!

Aleksandra Scepanovic
Managing Director
Ideal Properties Group
232 Court Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
78 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217
462 Third Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215
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You are very kind.
I am right now more inclined towards an online course, since I have enough time to concentrate at a maximum level without distraction.
I have done some research about schools and the reviews are not encouraging. With the online course is a dry learning process yet I hope they provide the necessary information to pass the test.
Btw. I love your clips on your website. Had a big Laugh!
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Dear Alex:

If you are serious about your real estate carreer I would suggest you take the classes in a class room. You will learn a lot more with the human interaction as oppossed to just reading a book or taking online classes. The only time an online course would be beneficial in my opinion is if your schedule simply prohibits you from attending the classes.

If you need further assistance please let me know. I know several great real estate schools in Brooklyn. Also, if you need a broker to sponsor you we can talk about that as well. Good luck!

Mitchell S. Feldman
Associate Broker/ Director of Sales
Madison Estates & Properties, Inc.
Office: (718) 645-1665/ Cell: (917) 805-0783
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I am very determined in getting the license in the most efficient time frame. thanks for the feedback and stay in touch.
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Online. You get pure instruction and no-one wasting your time with stupid questions; and yes there is such a thing. That being said you do need a decent computer and the self discipline necessary to do well with on-line courses. Good luck either way.

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Notary Public, Retired N.Y.P.D. Lt.
"We treat you like family!"
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.
255 Executive Drive - Suite 104
Plainview, New York 11803
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Thanks . It's only about time nowadays, specially in NYC.
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Whether you go to a school or study online depends on how you learn best. I personally need and like to be in a classroom for the ability to exchange ideas and I find it holds my attention better.

If you are focused and disciplined, you may do well with online.

When you achieve your NYS License, I would be happy to discuss inviting you onboard with our agency which is licensed in NY, PA, MA & CT and we are on several NY State Realtor Boards.
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Thank you Gail,
You are right. Do online courses teach similar topics, in order to pass tests and obtain the license?
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School... Get some real interaction & pick up some things you can't learn online. Let me know - looking for a few good agents.

Try REEDC on McDonald & Ave O / Dahill

Jack Menashe
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Thanks for your comments.
Will definitely contact you once I have the license.
The schools tend to be overcrowded nowadays I heard.
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They don't offer an online course in this state so I can't comment on that but the whole idea is to learn enough to be able to answer the questions correctly on the test. You will learn a lot of terms and basic rules and ideas behind real estate sales, but you will get no real usable knowledge. That comes either after you get a license or with years of first hand experience. Getting your RE license is like getting a drivers license, you have it but how good of a driver are you really? Find a place that can teach you after you get the license to learn the real stuff you will need.
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Thanks Tim,
I'm in NYC and its a jungle here!
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Online, definitely. You get to set the pace...!
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